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    September 10, 2010
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fire ball, take a look at this scene in california. what started this massive fire destroying more than 50 homes and burning more than 100 others. on hold for now, the pastor in florida canceled his plans to burn the koran, you about now there are concerns about whether he'll change his mind again. thanks for joining us, i'm eun yang. >> joe krebs is off on this friday, september 10th, 2010. it's a clear friday morning in the nation's capital and feeling a whole lot like fall. >> why don't we call it fall then. let's go for it. >> even if it's not official. >> good morning, i'm tom
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kierein, 61 at national airport. that's the coolest morning we've had all summer ever since last spring. and it's only near 60 in prince george's county. farther to the west and north, fairfax and montgomery, it is only near 50 around the blue ridge. and as well away from the waters on the eastern shore, in the low 40s. this is all due to high pressure coming down from southern canada all the way to the atlantic seaboard and that will be with us here at the time and tomorrow. and we'll have highs in the 70s both days and 50s in the morning. clouding up saturday late afternoon and evening. rain likely after saturday midnight drying out in time for the big game sunday night. eric thomas, how's our friday traffic? >> seeing growing volume. you can see the brake lights 270 southbound at 109. still cleaning up an early morning crash eastbound at
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dennis avenue. looks as though you'll have the right lane blocked. a car went into the pole and the pole came down and now we have the situation resolved there. in springfield starting to slow down in the springfield interchange. all of the lanes are open, just a little bit of volume here. in northeast d.c., anacostia avenue at benning road, you're going to hear about a manhole fire. try to avoid that area. that's not the kind of thing to get involved in. a developing story out of northern california this morning. a residential neighborhood is engulfed in flames from a gas line explosion. that explosion shot a fire ball more than 1,000 feet in the air and sent frightened residents fighting for their lives in san bruno, south from san francisco. >> reporter: a san bruno neighborhood erupts in flames in a matter of seconds creating a
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dangerous scene. >> i had to go look for night 80-year-old father in the house, they said he's gone, he's not there. >> families sitting down for dinner say it shook them to the core. >> a huge fire and smoke everywhere. we just ran for our lives. >> reporter: eight months pregnant, betty grabbed her three kids and ran to safety. >> we just ran. we didn't have any shoes. the kids were -- we had to borrow all of stuff from our neighbor. >> reporter: neighbors follow towing pets and belongings. police tried to calm residents desperate to save their homes. bob hen sell says he never felt such a hot fire. by the time he reacted, his car was already on fire. >> i had trouble getting out. the car was -- i have a car in the driveway but it was burning already. this car was in the garage and able to get in it and i had to lift the garage door manually
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and jump in and drive up out through the fire. and it kind of melted the tail lights a little bit. hen sell is pretty sure he lost everything and barely escaped with his life. nbc news. a kraft food plant is closed until further notice after a shooting left two people dead and another in the hospital. police have a 43-year-old woman in custody. the plant suspended the employee yesterday and escorted her oust building. police said she came back later with a loaded gun and open fire. they are offering counseling to employees. the military ban on openly gay service members is unconstitutional. that's according to a ruling by a federal judge in california. the u.s. district judge made the ruling last night and says she will issue an injunction halting the don't ask, don't tell policy. the judge said the policy does not help military readiness but instead has a direct and harmful effect on the armed services.
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lawyers say the judge lacks the authority to issue a nationwide injunction and it should be decided by congress. breaking news this morning out of afghanistan. reuteres is announcing protesters have attacked a nato base in afghanistan, this comes in response to the pastor's reports to burn the koran. at one point yesterday the gainesville pastor called off the plans to burn the koran. he made his decision after new york developers agreed to move a proposed mosque site near ground zero. but those close to the project say haven't agreed to move anywhere. >> he clearly understood that there were no cut deals over there in new york. >> now we're a little bit, not totally, but a little bit back to square one. we're prayerfully considering
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what we would do. >> federal authorities say from a legal standpoint, there's nothing they can do to stop tomorrow's event if it happens. president obama is scheduled to address the controversy today during a press conference at the white house this morning. other topics will likely include the iraqi economy and the bp oil spill. you can watch the president's news conference here on nbc 4. it's expected to happen around 11:00 this morning. with just days to go until the d.c. may aomayor's primary, two candidates will face off again. one issue that may come up is allegations that some people were paid to vote. megan mcgrath joins us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. early voting is something that's new here in the district of columbia, and a lot of people are taking advantage of it. thr thousands of folks who already cast their ballot. of course the big primary day is
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on tuesday and there is some controversy brewing. the controversy involves allegations of vote buying and a call for an investigation. early voting has been brisk, about 14,000 people have cast their ballots already with the busiest location in chevy chase. >> early voting centers have been going well, our busiest early voting center has been chevy chase, no problems at the voting equipment. almost all of the voter that's have used them have liked them. >> reporter: but vincent gray has called for an investigation into the charges of vote buying. gray has made no allegations himself, his call is fueled in part by a television report in km a voter says he was promised money by a fenty supporter for his vote but didn't get paid. >> we've asked for an investigation into the allegation that someone was offered a job in return for their votes. we think this should be put to rest quickly and be investigated immediately by the board of elections and fbi and whomever else. adrian fenty says the
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allegations are untrue and distracting in the final days of the campaign. fenty says now is the time to focus on the issues. >> let's get back to talking about the real issue, crime going down, education improving, city service being as good as it ever had. >> reporter: the clock is ticking, d.c.'s primary is on tuesday. megan, thank you. nearly 100 metro buses are off the streets this morning and in the shop for repairs. we'll tell you which impact it will have on your commute. >> also ahead, the new tactic police in prince george's county will be using to stop a recent outbreak of crime near the university of maryland. 62 degrees in the nation's capital under clear skies. we'll have your complete weather and a look at traffic next.
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it's 6 :11. we have cool temperatures, just in the 50s in the suburbs and many rural areas all the way to the atlantic beaches and only in the 40s in the mountains. highs reaching mid and upper 70s. a little bit of a northwesterly breeze and sunny in the morning in the 50s, afternoon highs in the 70s with increasing clouds.
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after midnight saturday night through midday on sunday, we may get passing showers and then after that drying out just in time for the big game sunday night. eric thomas, how's the traffic. >> we're looking live university boulevard at dennis avenue. an early morning accident has led to what you see here. basically what happened is a car met a pole, the pole came down, laid across the road for a couple of hours. starting to consolidate everything and make it better but they still have to deal with the utility issue of getting everything resolved. this has a lot to do with the fact that the pole came down and therefore there is no power getting to that particular signal light. hearing about anacostia avenue in northeast and benning, there's the underground fire being dealt with. 95 northbound in virginia seeing growi growing volume between newington and springfield. we have another traffic alert for you this morning.
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get ready for more chankds changes on the 14th street bridge next week. icc is almost done. how you can be one of first people to use the highway but
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police at the university of maryland will be stepping up patrols after attacks involving students. three students were beaten and robbed on campus last weekend. those attacks happened as they were waiting for a shuttle bus during the early morning hours. the prince george's county police department and the university are now considering forming a task force to help fight the problem. for the fourth time it year, a metro bus driver is accused of misconduct. kingston is accused of grabbing
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a woman with cerebral palsy as she escorted her off the van. the contractor whom metro uses, challenger transportation, is coming under fire. metro says they have confidence in the contractor's hiring policies. >> satisfied with the fact that they have an adequate screening process. you get a couple of bad apples when you this many employees and this many different types of transportation situations. the company that owns challenging released a statement that says, every driver in the metro access service must go through a background check prior to employment. we strongly believe the incident of alleged abuse are isolated. king ston has denied the charges against them. metro says even though 100 buses are out of service today, passengers should not see a disruption in service. metro believes a problem could have started with a hydraulic
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pump in the ten-year-old vehicles. a traffic alert for anyone who uses the 14th street bridge. get ready for another lane shift next week. on monday morning the entire left shoulder of the bridge will be cloesed to traffic. traffic will be able to get by on the four right lanes and this marks the halfway point of the construction project. >> the first stretch of the intercounty connector will soon be opening, but the first folks to use it will be on foot. the maryland transportation officials are hosting a 5 k run on october 17th, along the first new section. icc, the stretch between i 370 and georgia avenue. money raised from the run will benefit the maryland special olympics. football season is under way and the nfl is back.
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last night the season kicked off with a rematch of last year's nfc championship game. the game was not quite as exciting as last year's showdown, drew brees and brett favre threw for touchdowns but the saints came out on top, 14-9. it is a go big or go home for the redskins in their season opener. the skins are getting ready to take on the dallas cowboys at home sunday night. as you can imagine, fans are getting ready along with the team for the big matchup. elaine reyes is live at the metro station with more on how fans are getting pumped up for the game. >> reporter: you know, you and i both know whenever the redskins play the cowboys, it's always the best trash talking of the year between the two teams of fans. it's already started as you can already imagine. this weekend's matchup against
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the bitter rivals, dallas cowboys, a lot of stuff going on this weekend for redskins fans. schools in our region can decorate the classrooms to -- in redskins colors and send in photos and submit them for a chance to win $10,000. the owner will appear at heritage high school for that school's pep rally. tomorrow there's also a pep rally for fans and sendoff party for the team at redskins park tomorrow afternoon. and on sunday, game day, the big day, for the first time ever parking lots at fedex field will open at noon for tailgaters for a prime time game. the first 50,000 fans inside the stadium will get a free car flag. now, we did find redskins fans this morning and as you can imagine, they had a lot of say about this weekend's game. >> i guess the redskins 21,
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dallas 14. pretty good. >> put the redskins and the cowboys on, you can't get no better than that. >> reporter: this is the best time of year. favorite time of year for people like me and other football fans. kickoff sunday night 8:20 on nbc. eun, it's not going to be hard to hear in your conversations people talking about this weekend's game. >> we're going to be bleerry-eyed come monday morning, that's shore sure. you won't have to worry about missing the train home. they are adding more cars, the transit agency will close at 1:00 a.m. monday morning. if you can't make it to the game, tune in right here to nbc 4 to catch all of the action sunday night. coverage begins at 8:15. that's sunday night football right here on nbc 4. we're really getting nice football weather in time for the
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game. >> just perfect and for the high school games going on tonight, college games tomorrow, great football weather for that too. as we look around the region on this friday morning, we have a mostly clear sky and it is cool this morning. most locations are in the 50s outside of the beltway to near 60 in washington and near the bay. weather watchers reporting it only in the 40s right now and highs today climbing in the 70s with lots of sun. tomorrow morning into the 50s and sunny saturday morning but clouds developing during the afternoon. and then cloudy saturday night, looks like rain likely off and on through midday sunday. keep that in mind for your weekend recreation. it may be wet sunday morning through midday. drying out into time for the big game when it should be partly cloudy and by kickoff time it should be in the low 70s. jim, how's the traffic? >> we have a couple of issues, looking from chopper 4 at an accident that occurred early
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this morning at dennis avenue, a utility pole was knocked down there. as you can see, there are no left turns allowed. on the eastbound side of the roadway, it appears we have a lane blocked along the left side because of the continuing cleanup here at university boulevard. luckily at this hour there's no delays. let's go to a map here. there's a crash in the district on the northbound side of 295. this is going to be near the exit for the 11th street bridge. at that location we're going to find that traffic is going to get by to the left. there are two separate accidents at that locations. be prepared for delays heading towards the bridges in southeast. back to you. all right, thank i, eric. 6:22, the end of an era today for one banking institution. why iran will release one of the three detainees. those detained hikers. the faa is coming out with new rules for pilots today, how
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new pilot rules are expected to be released today that could save your life. the transportation department and the federal aviation administration is expected to announce how long airline pilots can remain on duty without rest. the proposal follows concerns that pilot fatigue was a contributing factor in a crash last year that killed 50 people in buffalo. current rules limit pilots to a 16-hour day and eight hours of flight time within 24 hours. iran says it will release one of three american hikers tomorrow. sarah shourd has been detained for more than a year now. she was with shane bower and josh fatal last july when iranian officials say they crossed the border illegally. the country threatened to put they will on trial for spying. they say sarah's release will
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couincide with the end of ramadan. shourd told her mother she needs help for medical issues, including a lump in her breast. coming up next at 6:30. we're following a pair of developing stories, a fiery explosion is burning everything in sight. find out what sparked it all. one person was killed this
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tell on earth, a raging inferno in california burning houses and cars and everything else in sight. >> change of heart. why a florida pastor may not decide after all to call off his plan to burn the koran tomorrow. >> good morning and welcome back to "news 4 today," i'm eun yang. >> joe krebs is off on this friday, september 10th, 2010 and it's a clear refreshing friday morning in the nation's capital. feels good out there. >> it really does. look at that sky with a little tinge of orange and we always know what that time of the morning is. >> it is certainly cool this morning, we're down into the 50s
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in many locations, from the shenandoah valley to the at will be atlantic beaches. near 60 near the chesapeake bay and cooler in the mountains, west virginia and western maryland only near 40 degrees. so quite a chilly start there. eastern shore away from the waters in the mid-50s as well as around tidewater regions and later today with the high pressure coming down from canada, we'll continue to have quite a bit of sunshine and a few clouds in and out. highs reaching the upper 70s. then tomorrow, sunny in the morning in the 50s and chouloud developing in the afternoon. cloudy saturday night and rain likely after midnight on saturday night and off and on through midday on sunday and drying out in time for the skins and cowboys sunday night and dry first part of next week. jim ross, how's the traffic now? >> we're going to show you a map. we're looking at northbound 295 near the 11th street bridge, an
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accident where we have traffic getting by there. to the left, two separate accidents before the 11th street bridge. on the inner loop, an accident on the left side of the roadway along with cars involved. here's the ground view at university and dennis, eastbound side traffic getting by in two lanes, no left turns, utility pole was knocked down there early this morning. let's go to chopper 4 and look at the southbound side of 270 through the rockville stretch. so far traffic is in pretty good shape. we did have traffic in hyattstown. more new on a developing story out of northern california. flames are sweeping through a residential neighborhood destroying more than 50 homes and leaving one person dead. crews say a gas line explosion shot a fire ball more than 1,000 feet in the air and sent people running for their lives. this is happening in san bruno, an area south of san francisco. here's the latest.
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>> reporter: a san bruno neighborhood erupts in flames in a matter of seconds creating a confusing and dangerous scene. >> i had to look for my 80-year-old father in the house. they said he's gone. he's not there. >> reporter: families sitting down for dinner say it shook them to a core, huge fire and smoke everywhere. we ran for our lives. eight months pregnant, betty grabbed her three kids and ran to safety. >> we just ran. did he haven't have shoes, the kids were -- we had to borrow the stuff from our neighbor. >> reporter: neighbors follow towing pets and belongings. at the road blocks police tried to calm desperate residents. retired firefighter bob hensell has never felt such a hot fire. by the time he reacted, his cars ward lr on fire. >> the car was in the driveway but it was burning already.
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this car was in the garage and was able to get in it and i had to lift the garage door manually and jump in and drive through the fire. it kind of melted the tail lights a little bit. >> reporter: hensel is pretty sure he lost everything and barely escaped with his life. nbc news. now to another developing story this morning. this one out of afghanistan involving that florida pastor who wants to burn copies of the koran. reuters reports a group of people protesting the burning attacked the nato base in northern afghanistan. one person has been killed. just yesterday the florida pastor said he was canceling plans to burn the muslim holy book. now he says he's not so sure. tracie spots has the latest. >> reporter: florida pastor ter j jones said he would call off saturday's koran burning.
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>> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> reporter: hours later jones accused the muslim leading standing next to him of lying about whether a mosque two blocks from ground zero would be moved. now jones said the event may be back on. >> we're a little bit back to square one. >> reporter: the florida imam said he agreed to ask new york investors to move the mosque but never promised it was a done deal. >> he clearly understood there were no cut deals over there in new york. >> reporter: the new york team says any never agreed. now the white house may get involved. a white house spokesman accused jones of seeking publicity. >> this is a desperate man seeking the attention of the better part of the world. >> reporter: complicating things, donald trump offered to buy the new york mosque site for 25% more than investors paid. they turned him down.
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federal authorities don't believe there's anything they can do to stop this event. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. the controversial koran burning and troop safety are bound to come up during president obama's press conference this morning. you can watch that live here on nbc 4. it's expected to start around 11:00. president obama will commemorate tomorrow's ninth anniversary of september 11th at the pentagon. he marked the occasion at this location last year as well to remember the day americans lost their lives in a terrorist attack. vice president joe biden will travel to new york city for 9/11 memorial events there. first lady michelle obama and former first lady laura bush will attend a ceremony in shanksville, pennsylvania. late last night a judge ruled don't ask don't tell unconstitutional. the u.s. district judge says she
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will issue an injunction halting the don't ask, don't tell policy. she says the policy doesn't help military readiness but has a direct and harmful effect on the armed services. government lawyers say the judge lacks the authority to issue a nationwide injunction and the issue should be decided by congress. coming up, why investigators want to tail a closer look at what caused the barn fire that killed 29 horse this week. a surprising new report about who in d.c. owes the federal government millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. 6:37 is your time, a chilly start, a beautiful weekend ahead. not that long ago,
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what a way to end a workweek! look at this, the sunrise over the nation's capital. 58 degrees on a fantastic friday. going to be a great day and great way to start the weekend. tom? >> beautiful sunrise under way, we're about five minutes from sunrise but underside of those clouds capturing the first rays of sun and it is feeling like
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autumn, down into the 50s in most locations, near 60 in washington. only in the 40s in the mountains. highs today in the 70s with lots of sunshine. great weather for the high school football games tonight as well as college games tomorrow with highs in the 70s. but clouds on the increase saturday afternoon and evening. we could have passing showers, a likelihood of that then drying out late sunday afternoon and dry for the big dame sunday night. a look in detail at that forecast as well as into next week in ten minutes. how's the traffic now? >> thanks a lot. we have a couple of incidents out there. first we'll go to a map to show you where they are. an accident along the right side and inner loop there's a crash. let let's look at the pictures from the sky. 495 northbound near the 66 interchange. traffic has been moved into the safety zone at the exit ramp.
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luckily the lanes have been reopened on the inner loop between i-66. there isn't much delay getting around the crash. there is debris in the roadway but that has been cleared out of the way. >> thanks, jim. it's now 6:42. a big change you'll notice at local bank branches. 100 metro buses are off the street and into shop for repairs. the impact on your commute. the final stretch of the d.c. mayor race, now the gray
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with just four days to go before the d.c. primary, trr new allegations some people may be getting paid to vote. news 4's megan mcgrath joins us with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. early voting is something that is new in washington, d.c. and a lot of people are taking advantage of it.
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thousands of people have hrd cast their ballots. tuesday is the big day though and things are already heating up in the d krmt's mayor race, there's a new flap brewing over allegations of buying votes. and now there are calls for an investigation. early voting has been brisk, about 14,000 people have cast their ballots already with the busiest location in chevy chase. >> early voting centers have been going well, our busiest early voting center has been chevy chase, no problems at the voting equipment. almost all of the voters that have used them have liked them. >> reporter: but vincent gray has called for an investigation into the charges of vote buying. while gray has made no allegations himself, his car is fueled in part by a television report in km a voter says he was promised money by a fenty supporter for his vote but didn't get paid. >> we've asked for an investigation into the allegation that someone was offered a job in return for their votes. we think this should be put to rest quickly and be investigated
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immediately by the board of elections and fbi and whomever else. adrian fenty says the allegations are untrue and distracting in the final days of the campaign. fenty says now is the time to focus on the issues. >> let's get back to talking about the real issue, crime going down, education improving and city service being as good as it ever had. >> reporter: fenty says the allegations are vague and unsubstantiated. time is running out, the primary is on tuesday. nearly 100 metro buses are off the roads this morning for unscheduled maintenance. but metro says passengers should not notice any major delays. the decision comes after a bus burst into flames on 495 and springfield. metro things a hydraulic pump could be to blame. as a result.
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the transit agencies pulling them off the road. for the fourth time this year, another metro access driver is accused of sexual misconduct. police say 59-year-old samuel kingston of gaithersburg fondled a passenger late last month in silver spring. accused of growing a woman with cerebral palsy. challenger transportation, the contractor they use, is coming under fire. metro officials say they have confidence in the contractor's hiring practices. arson could be a possibility in the stable fires earlier this week that killed 29 horses up in charlestown, west virginia. the fire broke out near the hollywood casino near charles town. they found possible evidence of an accelerant in the stable. they gave the okay to clean up before fire officials began their investigation.
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they are canvassing the area for signs of arson. in herndon, a fast-moving fire forced several families out of their homes. several townhomes were damaged and heavy smoke could be seen from smiles away. but no one was hurt. fire crews say the flames spread quickly because of the wind and vinyl siding on some of the homes. black smoke was everywhere. it was very scary. >> i think it's going to be hard for the community for a little while. i don't believe i'll put up that siding any time soon. investigators believe the fire started in a shed behind the town home. >> well, guess who's not paying taxes? apparently a lot of workers on capitol hill. according to irs data obtained by the "washington post," capitol hill workers owe $9.3 million in back taxes last year. the average unpaid bill $12,000
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among set workers. the irs is not naming names, it's unclear if members of congress owe that money. today marks the end of an era for a local banking institute. chevy chase bank will become capitol one. they bought the chain last year but today will change the name plates on all of the buildings, capitol one has rolled out an advertising campaign which includes new ads on tv and billboards on buses and newspapers. today president obama will name a top new economic adviser. courtney reagan joins us with this story. >> sources expect the president will tap long time adviser goulds by to chair the economic advisers. he'll fill the vacancy of christine romer who left to
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teach at the university of berkeley. the youngest chairman since served during the johnson administration. since he is a confirmed member of the cea, his approval will not require senate authorization. apple announced thursday it will ease restrictions for building iphone and ipad applications, it paves the way to create kpatable software for apple devices. in the past jobs critically criticized flash software as being undevelopable. adob bee shares jumped 12% on the announcement. >> courtney, thanks so much. have a great weekend. looks like it's going to be a nice weekend. we'll get a little rain? >> perhaps on sunday but we're off to a wonderful start in morning. step away from the toaster and
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look at your television. look at this sunrise. live view if our sky watcher showing the sky up. a few clouds coming through. 61, comfortably cool degrees at national airport. nice and dry, we've got a fresh northwesterly breeze at 5 to 15 miles an hour. temperatures around the beltway in the suburbs and for instance george's and arlington and fairfax near 60. and 50s farther to the west. along the blue ridge and shen do with a valley. southern maryland near the bay, upper 50s. away from the waters, low and mid-50s. many locations only in the 40s this morning. and we have all of this thanks to a large area of high pressure from southern canada nosing its way down to the mid-atlantic seaboard. it's going to be a cool morning. we'll stay in the low 50s with bright sunshine. and then by noontime, we should be into the mid-70s with lots of
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sun. then overnight tonight, clear and cool and great evening for all of high school graames. we'll have increasing clouds saturday afternoon into the upper 70s. great weather for college and high school games tomorrow. then saturday night, rain likely from time to time all the way through perhaps midday sunday. could get up to a half inch or more of rain and drying out sunday afternoon and evening. and sun returning monday. great weather for the skins cowboys game. kickoff time should be partly cloudy at fedex field. dry weather continues into next week. >> we had an accident on the inner loop near the interchange of i-66 and route 7. lanes open again and there's no delay getting through there. let's go to one of my cameras, 270 through germantown, heavy traffic here and more slow traffic getting through the
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hyattstown area. there was a crash downtown, two of them northbound on 295 between the sylvan parkway and 11th street bridge. tra traffic was getting by both to the left. traffic alert for you if you use the 14th street bridge. get ready for another lane shift next week. on monday morning the entire left shoulder of the bridge will be closed to traffic as you'll be able to see here in the graphic -- do we have it? traffic will be able to get by in the right four lanes. this marks the halfway point of construction project. be aware of that. >> are you ready for some rivalry football? the redskins are getting ready to take on their arch nemesis, the dallas cowboys at home. this is the night fans will be looking forward to all summer. elaine reyes is live near fedex field with more on how fans are getting pumped up for the game.
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good morning. >> reporter: dreams of super bowl rings and rainbows and stars, it's all good for redskins fans this weekend. we had a couple of preseason games to get ready, but this weekend is when it counts. bitter rivals opening the season, dallas cowboys on sunday. this weekend a whole host of events for fans to gear up for sunday's kickoff. tomorrow this a huge pep rally at redskins park for the fans and acceptedoff party for the team. on game day, sunday, the parking lots at fedex field will open at noon for tail gaiters. first time that's happened for prime time game. first 50,000 fans inside will get a free car flag. we saw lots of fans this morning. they always have plenty to say about the dallas cowboys. we found one lady and here's what she had to say. >> it's so exciting that most friends and family members have taken off sick leave for monday.
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because of the parties and excitement. it's in the air. everywhere you go it's if the grocery stores here at the subway. that's all the talk is we will beat dallas on sunday. >> reporter: so, eun, i have never heard that before, taking off monday for this weekend's game. normally you hear about that maybe on a super bowl sunday. i guess it feels like super bowl sunday for some of these folks. they are taking off monday to recover from sunday night's game. hopefully they'll have a lot to celebrate. back to you. >> that's how big and important this game is. we shall see who comes to work on monday. thanks so much. of course, your boss will understand, right? >> yes, the redskins, dallas game, how can you miss it. >> it's 6:55 and here are this morning's top stories, firefighters outside san francisco are struggling to put out a massive blaze that began with a huge explosion. the fire in the residential san
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bruno neighborhood already killed one person and destroyed 53 homes. dozens of other homes are damaged. crew s believe a ruptured gas line sparked the explosion. the leader of a south florida church has not said for sure when he goes ahead with plans to burn the koran tomorrow. an imam close to the project says they have not decided to move it. this morning there are reports out of afghanistan that one person was killed during a koran burning protest. >> among many issues, president obama will likely address the controversial koran burning during a news conference this morning. scheduled to start at 11:00. you can watch here on nbc 4. final check on the forecast before we head out. >> sensational sunrise under way. live view from our sky watcher camera in high definition this morning. off to a fresh and cool start.
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we're in the 50s in most locations, highs in the 70s today and afternoon highs 70. could get rain off and on midday through sunday but dry for the big game sunday night. thanks for starting your friday with us. that's "news 4 today." the "today" show is next we'll be back here monday morning. until then, have a great weekend. enjoy this weather. the kincaids live here. across the street, the padillas. ben and his family live here, too. ben's a re/max agent, and he's a big part of this community. there are lots of reasons why re/max agents average more sales than other agents. experience, certainly. but maybe it's also because they care about the markets they serve
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